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Sonya L. Powell

Ms. Powell has been practicing solely in the area of family law since 1994. By limiting her practice exclusively to family law, she has become well versed and knowledgeable in all aspects of domestic relations litigation. Ms. Powell has litigated or settled cases involving complex issues of equitable distribution including tracing of separate property interests, valuation of businesses, retirement issues, and significant financial investments and portfolios. Ms. Powell has represented clients in alimony and child support cases on all income levels. She has had substantial courtroom experience in successfully defending against, and advocating for, imputation of income to a party for support purposes and deviations from child support guidelines for such factors as a child's special needs or private school costs. She also has litigated or settled child custody cases, involving diverse issues such as the admissibility of expert testimony of custody evaluators, substance abuse issues, domestic violence and relocation of a parent. Ms. Powell recognizes the emotional and financial benefits to her clients of resolving cases, if possible, without the necessity of going to court. Her primary goal is to settle cases through the negotiation process, which can include mediation, whenever possible. However, she is confident in her trial skills if her cases end up in court. Through the course of her representation, Ms. Powell's clients can be assured that she will be a strong, knowledgeable and well-prepared advocate for their interests.



Ms. Powell receives a preeminent rating (AV) from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has been listed in the treatise The Best Lawyers in America since 2012. Ms. Powell is recognized as one of Virginia's Super Lawyers and one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Virginia. She was included in The Washingtonian magazine as one of Northern Virginia's top family law practitioners and listed as a top divorce lawyer by Northern Virginia Magazine.

Ms. Powell serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Falls Church-Mclean Children's Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing early education to all children, regardless of socioeconomic status. She is also a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia.

Sarah A. Piper

A resident of Northern Virginia since her military family relocated to the area when she was a teenager, Ms. Piper is a graduate of The Madeira School, Wellesley College, and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Ms. Piper has diverse experience from her internships with the Fairfax and Loudoun County Circuit Courts, the DC Superior Court, and various adoption and social service agencies in the greater Boston and DC Metropolitan areas, all of which helped her develop a strong passion for family law.

Ms. Piper has been practicing family law since 2001. She has handled equitable distribution, support and custody matters in the Circuit Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts throughout Northern Virginia and has appeared on brief before the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Ms. Piper has a passion for helping clients navigate issues of child custody and visitation, with the goal of helping them to move forward and co-parent effectively. If litigation becomes necessary, she works with experts in multiple disciplines to advocate for her clients, and prepares clients and witnesses to present evidence at trial.  Ms. Piper is certified as a Guardian ad litem for children by the Supreme Court of Virginia, and believes that serving in that capacity in cases gives her a different perspective in custody and visitation matters.    

Ms. Piper’s practical approach to solving family law problems helps clients achieve a fair, equitable, and prompt resolution. Because of her previous experience working with business owners in corporate administration and transactions, she appreciates the constraints on clients’ time and resources and she is conscientious of the effect of litigation on those resources. Although Ms. Piper enjoys assisting clients in the process of reaching consensus, she is skilled at balancing the collaborative nature of that process with litigation, which sometimes becomes necessary when there are difficult or sensitive issues. Ms. Piper’s previous experience with business, real estate and contested estate matters gives her a familiarity with those issues not found in many of her contemporaries.

Ms. Piper has honed her experience in those areas of family law in which she is particularly interested--military family issues, and retirement benefits. As an attorney member of EX-POSE, an organization of former spouses of service members, Ms. Piper helps clients evaluate the nature of their interests in military benefits, and assists them in navigating this difficult area of the law in order to best protect their rights. She has experience in complex issues of both government and private sector retirement plans, and enjoys solving the challenges that clients can sometimes face in effectuating the division of these benefits.

Ms. Piper, listed in the Virginia Super Lawyers Top 50 Women and Top 100 in 2015 and 2017, has been selected as a Virginia Super Lawyer or Rising Star each year since 2009. She was named to the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Legal Elite list by Virginia Business. Ms. Piper serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and will serve as President in 2017.  She is a member of the family law sections of the Virginia State Bar, Fairfax Bar Association and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the Arlington and Alexandria Bar Associations. She has taught classes on the discovery process at the Vienna Women's Center. She attended the American Bar Association’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in 2011. Ms. Piper also serves as an election official for the City of Alexandria.

Cynthia M. Radomsky

Ms. Radomsky’s approach to the practice of law is client-centered. In other words, her goal is to treat both “the case” and the individual with care.

Preparation, open communication, and professionalism are the hallmarks of Ms. Radomsky’s practice. Ms. Radomsky has been recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer, and in 2016 she was included in the list of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers.  Ms. Radomsky has also been included in the Top Attorneys list published by Northern Virginia Magazine. Ms. Radomsky’s reputation as a capable trial attorney often provides the incentive necessary to reach a favorable out-of-court settlement through negotiation or mediation. When settlement is not possible, however, Ms. Radomsky can be counted on to present a clear and persuasive case to the judge.

Ms. Radomsky has litigated an array of family law issues in Virginia trial courts, including equitable distribution of marital property; tracing out and preserving separate property interests; valuation of business interests owned by a divorcing spouse; child support; spousal support; imputation of income to an unemployed or underemployed spouse; custody and visitation; and, civil protective orders. In addition to her trial work, Ms. Radomsky has written appellate briefs and has presented a winning oral argument before the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Ms. Radomsky was selected by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board from 2014 through 2017. She is a long-standing member of the Fairfax Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, which she co-chaired in fiscal years 2011 through 2013, and which she vice-chaired in fiscal year 2010. She has also spoken as a panelist on the topic of family law at the 2016 Fall Conference & 35th Anniversary Celebration of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and at a 2012 seminar presented by the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center.

Ms. Radomsky received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Minnesota and her Juris Doctorate Degree from William Mitchell College of Law. She resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Melissa M. Sanchez, Attorney

Ms. Sanchez began practicing law in 2008 in a civil and criminal litigation firm, with an emphasis on juvenile and family law cases.  Ms. Sanchez has represented clients in a variety of matters such as contract disputes, divorce, custody, child support, and criminal cases. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sanchez devoted part of her practice to the representation of children as a Guardian Ad Litem in the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court. Ms. Sanchez also served as a court-appointed advocate for juveniles and adults in criminal cases ranging from serious felonies to traffic and misdemeanor offenses in the Fairfax County courts.

As an associate, Ms. Sanchez has limited her practice to family law, her true passion. With years of litigation experience, Ms. Sanchez provides each of her clients with the utmost dedication and compassion while zealously advocating for her client’s most favorable outcome.

Ms. Sanchez is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia. Ms. Sanchez has served on the Hispanic Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee for state and federal judgeships in 2014, 2015, and 2017. Most recently, Ms. Sanchez has been recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2018.

Ms. Sanchez received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University and her Juris Doctorate from Antonin Scalia Law School (George Mason University School of Law). Ms. Sanchez resides in Fairfax County with her husband and children. She is fluent in Spanish.

Kara Lehman Bowser, Attorney

Kara Lehman Bowser is an associate attorney at Powell Piper Radomsky PLLC. Prior to limiting her practice to solely to domestic relations law, she was an attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP practicing in all aspects of civil litigation including primarily domestic relations law. Ms. Bowser also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dennis J. Smith, Fairfax County Circuit Court, 19th Judicial Circuit. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section.

Ms. Bowser received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 2001 from Lafayette College and her J.D. in 2004 from the George Washington University Law School. She is experienced in representing her clients’ best interests in various family law matters including custody, support, equitable distribution (divorce property cases), fault ground divorces and other family law court cases.

 

 

Nia Barton, Paralegal

Nia joined PPR in 2014. She provides the attorneys with solid and reliable assistance and serves as a listening ear to our clients. In addition to Family Law, Nia also has experience in corporate governance law and product liability law.     

Family law clients are often faced with a variety of emotional situations. Nia presents a calm, helpful and supportive demeanor as she handles their immediate needs, while patiently explaining procedures. While our clients experience open and frequent communication with their attorney, Nia is an additional liaison between the clients and our firm. Our family law attorneys look to her often as the initial contact with our clients. She is also relied upon by the attorneys for drafting legal documents, meeting directly with the clients, assisting with trial preparation and litigation, as well as scheduling appointments and court appearances.

Nia is receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Political Science from The University of Maryland University College.  Nia is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. She earned her Paralegal Certificate from the nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Course at George Mason University.  

Nia is a co-founder and serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Giving On Another Level, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the underprivileged in her community.

Germaine Goldsby, Office Manager

Germaine has lived in the Northern Virginia area for over 25 years.  In 1987 she joined the firm of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP in Washington, DC as an Accounting Assistant and in time was promoted to Accounting Manager. In 1997 she joined the firm of Boring & Pilger, PC in Vienna, VA and assumed the duties of Office Manager/Bookkeeper.  In 2004 Germaine left the work force to be a full time Mom to her daughters.  With both daughters getting older, Germaine jumped back into the workforce in April 2014 when she joined the PPR firm and helped them open their doors.

 

Taylor McNeely, Administrative Assistant

Taylor McNeely is from a small town in upstate New York and has lived in Virginia for 5 years now. She is currently a George Mason student and is majoring in Criminology and minoring in East Asian studies. She hopes to get a government job after she graduates and travel around the world in her free time.

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